Childcare students with nursery children at East Durham College

Funding for Children at Positive Steps Nursery

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could be eligible for government help for childcare.

3 Year Old 15/30 Hours

Free pre-school education is available for children aged 3 years or over. This entitles your child to 3 hours of free education per day, or 15 hours over a minimum of two days for 38 weeks of the year (these figures are divided over three terms).

You may also be eligible to receive 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.

2 Year Old Stay and Play

At Positive Steps Nursery, we also offer free play and learning sessions for eligible 2 year olds. This entitles your child to 3 hours free play and learn sessions per day, or 15 hours over a minimum of 2 days.

Check Your Eligibility at Childcare Choices

One of the easiest ways to find out if your child is eligible for funding is to visit the government's website, Childcare Choices.

This site is packed full of useful advice and you can apply for different childcare options based on your current circumstances.

If you have any questions at all about childcare, feel free to contact Positive Steps Nursery at any time.

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Call: 0191 5865540

Early Years Pupil Premium

The government allocates extra money per pupil if their family meet certain criteria to their household income.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding is used to help narrow the gap between the lowest achieving children and those who are making appropriate progress or above.

We use this funding to provide resources and activities to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all children.